Four fined for illegal net fishing
Four men have been fined a total of more than $9,000 for illegal net fishing in Western Australia’s Great Southern.
Che Alic Mocksen and Madison Ranet from Katanning were both fined more than $3,000 each for using five unattended fishing nets on the Palinup River earlier this month.
Their boat and trailer were also forfeited.
Retirees Barry George Manyne and Victor Lewis Johnston from Perth were also fined several thousand dollars for illegal netting in the Wellstead Estuary at Bremer Bay, in which they exceeded the daily bag limit by more than 80 fish.
Fisheries compliance officer Peter Godfrey says net fishing is subject to strict controls, so people need to be fully aware of the regulations.
“People really do, if they’re going to go out netting, they really do need to check up on the rules and make sure they’re staying by the requirements for net fishing, otherwise as we saw in court it can be very expensive and people can even lose their dingy and trailer,” he said